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Hertha belie form to hold Benfica

Published: Thursday 18 February 2010, 22.58CET
Hertha BSC Berlin 1-1 SL Benfica
There was precious little to choose between two sides at opposite ends of their respective domestic leagues, with both worthy of a draw.

Match statistics

HerthaBenfica

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target11
 
11
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners10
 
9
Offsides4
 
3
Fouls committed16
 
9
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 18 February 2010, 22.58CET

Hertha belie form to hold Benfica

Hertha BSC Berlin 1-1 SL Benfica
There was precious little to choose between two sides at opposite ends of their respective domestic leagues, with both worthy of a draw.

There was little to choose between Hertha BSC Berlin and SL Benfica, two sides with such contrasting domestic form, as a 1-1 draw left this UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie in the balance ahead of Tuesday's return.

Jorge Jesus's charges, top of the Portuguese Liga, made the ideal start when Angel Di María swept them into a fourth-minute lead. Yet Bundesliga basement side Hertha conjured a spirited response and were good value for their equaliser as Javi García put through his own net just after the half-hour mark.

Benfica won five of their six group-stage matches and they were quick to carry on that form in the knockout stages. Carlos Martins drove a long pass in behind Łukasz Piszczek for Di María to latch on to, and the forward cut across the path of his marker before wrong-footing Jaroslav Drobný with his finish.

Friedhelm Funkel's men struggled to halt the momentum until they were handed a fortuitous equaliser on 33 minutes. Cícero released Piszczek on the right and his low cross was diverted into his own goal by Javi García, with Júlio César just failing to halt the ball at his near post. Luisão's free header, planted straight at Drobný, then threatened to nudge the visitors back in front before half-time, to which Hertha responded with a concerted spell of pressure after the break.

The hosts should have completed the turnaround on 55 minutes when Patrick Ebert's deep cross was side-footed against the upright by Maximilian Nicu, while Raffael's drive demanded a smart save from Júlio César at his near post. Benfica regrouped, and could have prised victory late on when Óscar Cardozo's header was well saved by Drobný.

Last updated: 27/09/14 4.06CET

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Lineups

hertha

Hertha

benfica

Benfica

1
DrobnýJaroslav Drobný (GK)
13
Júlio CésarJúlio César (GK)
Yellow Card74
3
FriedrichArne Friedrich (C)
4
LuisãoLuisão (C)
4
Von BergenSteve von Bergen
5
Rúben AmorimRúben Amorim
6
JankerChristoph Janker
6
Javi GarcíaJavi García
Goal33
7
CíceroCícero
7
Óscar CardozoÓscar Cardozo
9
RamosAdrián Ramos
8
RamiresRamires
Yellow Card43
Substitution63
10
RaffaelRaffael
Substitution88
17
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Substitution63
20
EbertPatrick Ebert
20
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Goal4
21
KobiashviliLevan Kobiashvili
23
David LuizDavid Luiz
25
NicuMaximilian Nicu
Substitution61
25
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
Yellow Card23
26
PiszczekŁukasz Piszczek
30
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution83

Substitutes

40
BurchertSascha Burchert (GK)
1
MoreiraMoreira (GK)
5
PejčinovićNemanja Pejčinović
10
AimarPablo Aimar
Substitution63
11
KringeFlorian Kringe
Substitution61
19
WeldonWeldon
17
GekasFanis Gekas
Substitution88
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
18
WichniarekArtur Wichniarek
24
Felipe MenezesFelipe Menezes
Substitution63
22
BengtssonRasmus Bengtsson
28
Miguel VítorMiguel Vítor
Substitution83
28
LustenbergerFabian Lustenberger
32
Éder LuísÉder Luís

Coach

Friedhelm Funkel (GER) Jorge Jesus (POR)

Referee

Terje Hauge (NOR)

Assistant referees

Frank Andås (NOR), Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)

Fourth official

Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)

Additional assistant referees

Espen Berntsen (NOR), Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)

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